London Marathon 2023: Marcel Hug and Madison de Rozario win wheelchair races

Marcel Hug goes over the line in the men's wheelchair race at the London Marathon
Switzerland’s Marcel Hug claimed a fifth men’s wheelchair title at the London Marathon

Switzerland’s Marcel Hug knocked 50 seconds off his own course record to win a third consecutive London Marathon title – and fifth in total.

Hug, 37, finished in one hour 23 minutes 48 seconds, well ahead of the Netherlands’ Jetze Plat in second.

Britain’s David Weir, 43, finished his 24th London Marathon in fifth place.

Australia’s Madison de Rozario held off Manuela Schar, of Switzerland, in a sprint finish to win the women’s wheelchair race for a second time.

The four women’s favourites made it on the Mall together before De Rozario and Schar pulled away.

De Rozario won in one hour 38 minutes 52 seconds, with defending champion Catherine Debrunner, of Switzerland, in third and the United States’ Susannah Scaroni fourth.

Eden Rainbow-Cooper, 21, who was third in 2022, was the first Briton home in seventh.

Tomoki Suzuki, of Japan, was third in the men’s race, with the United States’ Daniel Romanchuk in fourth.

The event has returned to its traditional date in the calendar, in April, for the first time since 2019 after being moved during the Covid-19 pandemic.

More than 47,000 runners are taking part, with huge crowds lining the streets of London despite damp conditions.

More to follow.

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